- File Size: 114 KB
- Print Length: 32 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 4, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0063UL9FQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,060 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Circus of the Dead Kindle Edition
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So the book started out promisingly. The writing style is a bit more elegant than your average teenage romance book, but it kept throwing me off when it would suddenly talk about sex or the like as a 15 year old boy would think about it. Just blunt and crass. Not a big fan, but it was only peppered throughout, not the bulk of the material.
This is, as others have said, a short story. That does not bother me. In fact, the night I began reading it, I finished it and was just as happy as if I'd had a part of a novel to read. It was just long enough to cover my 30-45 minutes of reading before I go to bed. Perfect length for a bedtime story. ;) ...albeit probably not everyone's idea of a good one....with zombies and all.
The story itself was alright. Post-zombie-apocalypse, small town, no electricity, etc. The "circus" comes to town, the Reverend forbids anyone from going, many people go anyway. Disaster strikes. There was a huge lead-up to the circus scene, then after the disaster (in which the carnage is skipped because our protagonist is conveniently unconscious), there are a few paragraphs to the end. More or less, "...and so they mostly lived happily ever after in a zombie-infested world." Kindof a bummer ending.
This book started out ok. Slow but alright. Then it got preachy and really philosophical. The writing style is very formal, almost poetic but it felt stilted and flat. The story is only 32 pages long. I never connected with the main character. ( Who is a 15 year old boy) It left out the meat of what could have been a pretty decent story. It went from two days into the story then to the epilogue of 20 years later. Just not my cup of tea.
This is the story of a young man growing up in a society recovering from the ravages of a zombie outbreak. Life in his community is stark and focused on survival. There is a sudden break in routine when a travelling circus arrives and he has to decide if he will defy authority and visit the circus. There is a sense of magic in this story and there is beauty in how Blackburn writes. However, the story is fatally undercut by the author's choice to have his main character -- our only narrator -- be unconscious during the main part of the action and then jumping over key details in what feels like a mad rush to end the tale. The strength of the earlier sections makes the end that much more disappointing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Seth Blackburn Gives Us a Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Tale In His Short Book."Circus Of The Dead." A Circus Comes To Town,But Unlike Most Of The Circus"s We Are Used To... Read morePublished 2 months ago by steven gibson
It was full of what you'd expect to really happen .
The circus was a nice touch on what happened .
All in all . it was a very good book .
Great story. Good plot. Anyone who likes zombies will love this book. It was really a super awesome book. I loved it.Published 6 months ago by Kathryn Moore
I liked the book but I found it could have had a longer storyline. It was a good story which could be made into a book.Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
Not at all a bad tale, although it was a little predictable and familiar. I would have liked to know a bit more about the parts skipped, but the writing was good and I did love the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Melody Hewson
Excellent, vivid imagery and a strong sense of a young man's frustration and fascination with the constraints of his society in a post-apocalyptic small town. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Scarlett R. Algee
A short story by a writer who understands the medium. A modern wild west facing a new evil as well as the ancient evil of a man's heart. Read morePublished 13 months ago by CBGeary
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